Carnival Corportation, the largest cruise company in the world, announced on Tuesday an agreement with the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to become the first concession company to operate the new cruise terminal in the Canary Islands and the Middle Atlantic.
Opened in 2016 during the Seatrade Cruise Med conference that took place in Tenerife, it has the capacity to receive last generation ecological cruises powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the cleanest fossil fuel in the world.
In December, the terminal will receive AIDAnova, from the German company AIDA Cruises, on its maiden voyage as the first LNG-powered cruise both in the port and on the high seas.
When receiving 617,987 passengers in 2017 alone, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the most active cruise ports in the Canary Islands and the first to attract an investment of these characteristics by the largest cruise company worldwide.
Carnival Corporation also manages two other cruise terminals in Spain, the recently inaugurated Helix and Palacruceros, both in the Port of Barcelona.
So far this year, seven shipping companies belonging to Carnival Corporation have stopped in Tenerife: AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and P & O Cruises UK.
The shipping company expects to reach more than 300,000 passengers during 2018 – half of all cruise ship visits – with 130 calls from 31 ships of the company’s different shipping lines.
“Carnival Corporation has long been a valuable partner of the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Canary Islands, and we are sure that it will be a wonderful operator of our newly built cruise port,” said Pedro Suarez, president of the Authority. Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Thanks in large part to the ships of Carnival Corporation, he said that in 2018 the cruise market generated an economic impact on the port and the city of Santa Cruz of 24 million euros, which reflects an increase of 6 million with respect to the previous season.
“We hope to continue sharing our beautiful island with the passengers that come through this cruise terminal,” he said.
The Port Authority of Tenerife celebrates this long-term agreement with the idea of extending its benefits to its other ports, Santa Cruz de La Palma, San Sebastian de la Gomera, La Estaca in El Hierro and Los Cristianos in Tenerife.
ALMOST ONE MILLION PASSENGERS LAST YEAR
“Our ports are successful in the cruise sector, last year we received close to 1 million passengers and we expect to exceed this figure by 2% during 2018. We hope that this new relationship will boost business in the region,” he said.
Giora Israel, Senior Vice President of Global Port and Destination Development of Carnival Corporation, said that both this concession and permanent investment “are part of the broader strategy to continue developing the long-term cruise industry in the Canary Islands.”
In his opinion, “our passion is to offer the best possible experience to our guests and Tenerife is an extremely popular destination that offers something for everyone, including history, beautiful beaches, exotic gardens, unique craftsmanship and memorable cuisine.”
In this line, he points out that they are “very enthusiastic” about the possibility that guests who pass through the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife “have a great experience”, as well as to expand relations with the “friends” of Tenerife.
The terminal of Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be the first port of the islands to receive the new class of ecological cruises of last generation of Carnival Corporation, propelled by GNL both in port and on the high seas.
Currently, the company has a total of eleven ships with this technology under construction for five of its nine cruise lines.
The first will be the AIDAnova, which will stop in Tenerife on December 18, 2018 during its inaugural cruise.
PIONEER FLEET IN LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS
In addition to having a pioneer fleet in the use of LNG, the company also leads the industry with another unprecedented innovation by implementing the Advanced Air Quality System (AAQS in its acronym in English) a very efficient system for small spaces of a ship.
Carnival Corporation has equipped 70 ships in its fleet with this system, which significantly improves air emissions.
The company also operates in Barcelona, Savona (Italy), Amber Cove (Dominican Republic), Puerta Maya (Mexico), the Grand Turk Cruise Center in the Turks Islands, Caicos Mahogany Bay in Honduras and
Long Beach in California.